Earlier today, in crisp, icy but dry weather I met up with Steve Smith, and Cllr Ian Lewis and others, including the Leader of the Council, Jeff Green to help distribute the latest issue of Newsline to the good people of Moreton and Leasowe.
We split up into pairs and spread ourselves far and wide across the ward to get the maximum spread, with me and Leah Fraser taking the long walk, Hoylake Road, Burnely Road and roads off (Don’t worry Don we left ‘Red Rose’ out) finishing in Chapelhill Road. It was a great couple of hours, lots of people chatting to us, all delighted with the Council’s consultation process, and the open and transparent way we are now doing business.
It’s hard to believe that it was 12 months ago today that we lost our very special colleague, Moreton and Saughall Massie Councillor, Suzanne Moseley. Suzanne was tragically and unexpectedly taken from us at the tender age of 47 with a brain haemmorrhage. I have dedicated a page to Suzanne which can be found by clicking HERE
Not only was Suzanne a colleague, more importantly she was a friend, she helped me immensely in many ways and I often look back and think of the good times we had together, whether it was working on Council issues or simply having a glass of wine and a chat. So it is with fondness and sadness that we remember Suzanne today. Wherever you are Suzanne have a glass for me please!
At Wirral’s Cabinet on 2nd September it is proposed to name a section of the newly developed King’s Parade ‘Ian Fraser Walk’ after one of our great, local war heroes Lt. Commander Ian Fraser, VC, DSC, RD and Bar, JP, RNR (Rtd).
During Word War II Commander Fraser was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest award for bravery for an attack, codenamed ‘Operation Struggle’ , he made on the Japanese warship, Takao in a midget submarine in 1945. He was also a successful local businessman, Magistrate, and life-long supporter of the Lifeboats Service as well as being a freeman of the Borough. I think it’s a great idea and one that I, as a Cabinet member will be supporting wholeheartedly.
This morning, along with Leah Fraser, Denis Knowles and the Conservative Action Team we delivered our latest Newsline to Seacombe and Poulton. Leah and I delivered all round Poulton Road and roads off, as well as the terraced properties off Limekiln Lane. Watch out for your copy dropping through the letterbox in the next few days. If you can’t wait you can download a copy by clicking here.
Back in February I blooged on the introduction of Summary Care Records and the unfair system of the ‘Opt Out’ system.
In July I blogged another report on the ongoing difficulties of this system, and what I consider to be deliberate obstaclesbeing put in the way of people who do not want their records uploaded on to what can only be described as a dodgy and unsecure database.
Today, in the Dail Mail it has been revealed just how devious and underhand the process for this has been, and that millions appear to have already had their data uploaded without their knowledge. You can read the Mail report by clicking HERE
This is a disgraceful way to treat people, and seems to be driven by the NHS insatiable appetite to know everything about us. Its time this scheme, just like the little blue card scheme thety tried to introduce a year or so ago was scrapped. I have opted out, I hope lots more do
Last night, along with colleagues, Cllr Steve Williams and Cllr Simon Mountney I attended the opening of the first of four youth hubs in Wirral, one in each constituency.
Last nights saw the opening of the Wallasey Hub, located at Merseyside Fire and Rescue’s (MFRS) Community Fire Station in Mill Lane, and was attended by many representatives from the Council, Merseyside Police, MFRS, etc. The hub was officially opened by the Mayor of Wirral, Councillor Alan Jennings and was followed by a celebration of singing and dancing. All in all a great facility that will hopefully attract a lot of youngsters. Read more about the Youth Hubs by clicking HERE